By Earl Heath, Contributing Sports Writer

The Rams got a must win as they knocked off the Carolina Panthers 24-10 in front of 71,430 at SoFi Stadium  

After trailing 10- at halftime he defending Super Bowl champs, quarterback Matthew Stafford and the offense rebounded in a big way in the second half, They outscored the visiting Carolina 17-0 in the second half.  

Stafford completed an efficient 26 of 33 passes for 253 yards and one touchdown with one interception, and leading the team on back-to-back scoring drives to blow the game wide open.   

Cooper Kupp was once again Stafford’s favorite target on Sunday, catching seven passes on eight targets for 80 yards, while Allen Robinson had easily his best game as a Ram, catching five passes on six targets for 63 yards of his own.   

While the offense did find new life in the second half, it was the defense that stole the show for Los Angeles, holding star running back Christian McCaffrey and the Panthers to just 203 yards of total offense for the game, including 110 yards in the passing game.   

They were also able to hold McCaffrey, arguably the NFL’s best running back, to only 69 yards on 13 carries, though he did have a big impact in the passing game, catching seven passes for 89 yards.   

Following the win, the Rams will regroup with an upcoming bye. they will stay at SoFi Stadium for one more week, when they host their NFC West Division rival San Francisco 49ers.  

Los Angeles will be looking for revenge from an embarrassing Week 4 loss in San Francisco, where the 49ers won easily 24-9 in front of a national audience on Monday Night Football.  

“We will try to look at our team and refocus during our bye week,” said head coach Sean McVay.